Release Date Buffet: 06/15/2018

Directory

Quick Impressions

Rock

Post-Rock/Metal

Folk/Country/World

R&B/Soul/Funk

Electronic

Hip-Hop

Jazz

Soundtracks/Reissues/Compilations

Quick Impressions

ASG – Survive Sunrise (NSFW)
Producer: Matt Hyde
Label: Relapse
Genre: Stoner Metal
Quick Impressions:
Spoiler alter, I’m not gonna like Goblin Orange as much as ASG this week. Both are Sabbath-fueled spinners of stoner doom—but Survive Sunrise manages to wrap in the progressive side of the music just that much better than The Wolf Bites Back. The former knows just when to launch in scream-metal, drone into psychedelia or noodle like a jazz-rocker. Scott Key’s percussion spreads even, Blake Riot and Jonah Citty hits all that is vital on their guitar necks, meanwhile, Andy Ellis rallies the mosh pit and Jason Shi switches from modern scream to Ozzian sooth-shrieking with ease. This just what I’ve always wanted in my modern metal—it’s a shame this week was only one for two, but man, odds were low for that one.
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Blushh – Thx For Asking EP
Producer: Shab Ferdowski
Label: Yellow K
Genre: Garage Rock, Neo-Grunge
Quick Impressions:
It’s a 12-minute EP and it sucks. Not because this neo-grunge à la Speedy Ortiz, Bully, Pixies and so on fails to show some teeth—far from it. It just shows too few and then runs on repeat. It’s 12-minutes that can run into an hour if a listener isn’t vigilant. Although, I can’t imagine wanting to change the record anytime soon. So yeah, it sucks because the EP is a short glimpse into a much deeper artist. But damn, if that is the only thing that sucks about this EP, then it’s a good EP.
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Calpurnia (feat. Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things) – Scout EP
Producer: Cadien Lake James (Twin Peaks)
Label: Royal Mountain
Genre: Indie Rock, Garage
Quick Impressions:
Sixties folk meets Surf meets Garage. They’re wannabe-Velvet Underground bunch of Mystery Gang nerds pedaling some weird combination of twee jangle and garage. And damn do they sell it well. Calpurnia takes a similar angle to Slow Club before Slow Club fell in love with R&B a little too hard or before Los Campesinos became… shit. A Noah and the Whale before Laura Marling left. A Courtney Barnett just after EP no. II.  A band just freshly hatched but no less as fragile an organism looking for a nest. And it sounds like they want to nestle just next to that post-punk, garage world of street art and open studio apartments.
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Girls Names – Stains on Silence
Producer: Ben McAuley
Label: Tough Love
Genre: Post-Punk
Quick Impressions:
Dublin post-punk outfit Girls Names came astoundingly close to shuttering the blinds of this record and advertised it as a great record on the level of American Idiot or Tusk or A Night at the Opera or Disentegration. A bold claim, but this gothic post-punk record shouldn’t need to compare itself to those records become monoliths. The edifice of Stains on Silence is cold and haunting but with touching riffwork and swelling musicality. So is it a record to change time? No, no, no, no, no, no. But is it a record worth your time? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Just submit this record to your inner goth and step back.
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The Lay Llamas – Thuban
Producer: Nicola Giunta
Label: Rocket
Genre: Neo-Psychedelic Rock
Quick Impressions:
An ever shifting collective, a low-volume electrosoul and tie-dye tide pulled by the moon sized cranium of Nicola Giunta. Oh, it’s not moon-sized? Well then, it’s economical—this is a fuzzy world conductor with an Indian, folk, garage-rock blender for a brain. It lays those sitar-like guitar solos and strings movements across the ambient wind synthesized by a weather matrix moog and breezing from out the keyboards. It is the reunion of new shoegaze texture work and sixties tonal sex. Give him the right inspiration and watch this guy string together 30-minute odysseys in rhythm. Damn, actually, really, if someone wants to start that Fela Kuti/George Harrison/Jethro Tull influenced album right now, that’d just hit the spot.
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Melody’s Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage
Producer: Fredrik Swahn, Melody Prochet, Reine Fiske, Maxime Leguil
Label: Fat Possum, Domino
Genre: Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Progressive, lo-fi
Quick Impressions:
Like it or not, Melody’s Echo Chamber is intricately intertwined with the legend of Kevin Parker. Dude’s a stud—but eve better? Melody Prochet a bien été arrivée—proving her chops by nosediving straight away from her Foxygen acid house neo-psych straight into a lo-fi pool of neo-soul Bjorkish charm. She may have followed-up with the jam on the lob from Kadhja Bonet’s Childqueen, both selling summertime nostalgia by the bowl like some sort of Cleveland- style slow soul soup mixed with the garnish of jazz-rock. It also contains one of the best record turns of the year, a slow jam that transforms to a charging Cinderella-song for sanctuary, a Carole King plea in ancient French lace—just when the angel tears make the snow dance. Oh, and if you think I couldn’t heap more praise, try this one on for size: at most it took Kanye two attempts to make a rap Album of the Year, or at least it sounds like two halves of the same rap Album of the Year. Melody Echo Chamber only needed seven tracks and 33 minutes to make just a plain ol’ Album of the Year. Repeating number album lengths always make me giddy and so too does this list of co-producers: Fredrik Swahn (a folkin’ Swede), Reine Fiske (a progressive Swede), Melody Prochet (the aforementioned) and Maxime Le Guil (the French indie maestro. Savant, vif et stylé, where was this Melody Echo Chamber on the debut? Did Kevin Parker really suck all that talent out of the room? Ah, well, maybe she can just delete the memory of her first record and call this her real debut—what? Billy Joel did it, so why can’t Melody Prochet?
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Protomartyr – Consolation EP
Producer: Mike Montgomery
Label: Domino
Genre: Post-Punk, Art Punk
Quick Impressions:
A jangling, moaning 7-minute post-punk drone followed by less drone and more Kelly Deal—not an album of two halves, hell no, it’s a cheeky little EP—that pushes a New York art-punk urgency to logical droning conclusions. Just by being honest and straight-forward it demonstrates capability and execution. Not long, not much to say about itself but not bad.
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Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back
Producer: Jaime Gomez Arellano
Label: Candlelight
Genre: Stoner Metal
Quick Impressions:
I really want to like Metal. I really do. And I try to pick my spots, this week I tried it with ASG and Orange Goblin—“Stoner metal!” I read, exclamation point rocketing across my eyes, “How could this possibly go wrong? Master of Reality is my Black Sabbath album. Give me that “Sweet Leaf,” gimme them “Children of the Grave,” crown it “Lord of this World” and then shoot it “Into the Void” like an SOS package, an interstellar bottle, hurtling through space and time at sub-light speeds in a universe of thousands and millions of lightyears and no bloody expressways—all without a return address. And I thought Dallas was some urban sprawl. Orange Goblin’s latest does not capture my interest as such—no, the problem with Orange Goblin is that they strike like the hardest of rock, but barely scratch the surface of any metal. My fandom troubles with the modern-day extremes of Judas Priest-loving, leather-chafing, chains clanking metal. Are they trying to spook me? Oh my me, they don’t stand a chance—drone metal does more for hype than Orange Goblin, who sound less harrowing than Coldplay is moving. At least Viva la Vida had a swing to it. But now, I’m done with being the asshole and just enjoy the riffs as they come—best served with a side of Sabbath rhythm and Motorhead theatrics.
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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs
Producer: Liam Judson
Label: Sub Pop
Genre: Jangle, Indie Rock
Quick Impressions:
Jangle!? God I fucking hate that genre term—it’s just a punkier form of twee! And while the Australian rockers of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (that’s a mouthful) definitely want everyone to think they may just be punks, they’re not. This is Neo-Beach Rock at its finest. A fine mix between surf rock, punk and with moments of dreampop interspersed in between. The impact of each value can be adjusted, and RBCF definitely swerves further away from dreampop than any other neo-beach band I’ve yet heard—but if this music isn’t used to rock a beachside garage or enjoy the tides on the golden sands, then it’s being criminally underused.
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Rock:

Andy Jenkins – Sweet Bunch
Label: Spacebomb
Genre: Folk Rock
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Arthur Buck (Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck of R.E.M.) – Arthur Buck
Label: New West
Genre : Alternative Rock
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BC Unidos – Otro Mundo Es Posible
Label: Sony Sweden
Genre: Pop Indie Rock
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Cold Leather – Smart Moves
Label: ADAGIO830
Genre: Garage Punk
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Culture Abuse – Bay Dream
Label: Epitaph
Genre: Neo-Grunge, Punk
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Daphne Guinness – Daphne & The Golden Chord
Label: Agent Anonyme
Genre: Rock
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The Darkness – The Darkness: Live At Hammersmith
Label: Canary Dwarf, Cooking Vinyl
Genre: Alternative Rock, Glam
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Dead Girls Academy – Alchemy
Label: Victory
Genre: Alternative Rock
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Diamante – Coming In Hot
Label: Better Noise
Genre: Glam Rock
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The English Beat feat Dave Wakeling– Here We Go Love
Label: Here We Go Love (Self-Released)
Genre: 2 Tone, Pop Rock
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Fantastic Negrito – Please Don’t Be Dead
Label: Blackball Universe, Cooking Vinyl
Genre: Blues Rock
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Fascinator – Water Sign
Label: Spinning Top
Genre: Alternative Rock, Glam Rock
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The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound Sessions
Label: SideOneDummy
Genre: Country Rock, Garage Rock
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Gene Clark (of The Byrds) – Gene Clark Sings for You
Label: Omnivore
Genre: Classic Rock
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Gin Blossoms – Mixed Reality
Label: Cleopatra
Genre: Alternative Rock
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The Gods Themselves – Glamour and Grime EP
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Dancepop, Indie Rock
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grandson – a modern tragedy vol. 1 EP
Label: Atlantic
Genre: Alternative Rock
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Gretchen’s Wheel – Black Box Theory
Label: Futureman
Genre: Alternative Rock, Garage
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GRLwood – Daddy
Label: sonBLAST!
Genre: Indie Rock
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Here Lies Man – You Will Know Nothing
Label: RidingEasy
Genre: Acid Rock, Afrobeat
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John Parish – Bird Dog Dante
Label : Thrill Jockey
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Alternative Rock
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Johnny Marr – Call the Comet
Label: New Voodoo
Genre: Indie Rock
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June Gloom & rock solid – Subletter / Something Solid (Split Record)
Label: Exploding in Sound
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Indie Rock
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Kluster – Civic
Label: Rama Lama
Genre: Indie Rock
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Matty (of BadBadNotGood) – Déjàvu
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Pop Indie, Dreampop
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Mayday Parade – Sunnyland
Label: Rise
Genre: Emopop
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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – While We’re At It
Label: Bosstones
Genre: Punk
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Mourn – Sorpresa Familia
Label: Captured Tracks
Genre: Indie Rock
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Petal – Magic Gone
Label: Run for Cover
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Indie Rock
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State Champs – Living Proof
Label: Pure Noise
Genre: Pop Punk
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Stuart A. Staples (of Tindersticks) – Arrhythmia
Label: Lucky Dog, City Slang
Genre: Ambient Rock, Ambient Folk
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Sun June – Years
Label: Keeled Scales
Genre: Pop Indie
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Welles – Red Trees and White Trashes
Label: 300
Genre: Alternative Rock
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 Video Age – Pop Therapy
Label: Inflated
Genre: Pop Indie, New Wave
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Yuno – Moodie EP
Label: Sub Pop
Genre: Alternative Rock
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Post-Rock/Metal:

Délétère – De Horae Leprae (NSFW)
Label: Sepulchral
Genre: Black Metal 

Drowned – 7th
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Metal
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Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things
Label: Metal Blade
Genre: Metal
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Madball – For the Cause
Label: Nuclear Blast
Genre: Hardcore
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Progenie Terrestre Pura – starCross EP
Label: Avantgarde
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
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Sepultura – Arise (Deluxe Edition) (Reissue)
Label: Roadrunner
Genre: Progressive Metal, Thrash Metal
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Tough Customer – Darlene EP
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Post-Punk
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Folk/Country/World:

Ava Rocha – Trança
Label: Circus
Genre: MPB
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Ben Caplan – Old Stock
Label: Under Control
Genre: Folk
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Dusk – Dusk
Label: Don Giovanni
Genre: Country
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Marisa Anderson – Cloud Corner
Label: Thrill Jockey
Genre: American Primitivism
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Oliver Hazard – 34 N. River
Label: R&R
Genre: Folk
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Rebelution – Free Rein
Label: Baco, 87 Music, Easy Star
Genre: Reggae
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Rhythm & Blues/Soul/Funk:

Benin City – Last Night
Label: Moshi Moshi
Genre: Alternative Funk, Jazz-Funk
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Betty Who – Betty Pt. 1 EP
Label: Self-Released
Genre: R&B, Electropop
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Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive And Well
Label: RCA
Genre: Blues
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Christina Aguilera – Liberation
Label: RCA
Genre: Contemporary R&B, Pop Soul
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Jacquees – 4275
Label: Cash Money
Genre: Contemporary R&B
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King Princess – Make My Bed EP
Label: Zelig
Genre: Alternative R&B
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,p id=”electronic”>Electronic:

BLACKPINK – Square Up EP
Label: YG
Genre: K-Pop, Dance-Pop
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Brendon Anderegg (of Mountains) – June
Label: Thrill Jockey
Genre: Ambient, Drone
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Brian Chase (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) – Drums and Drones: Decade, Vol. 3
Label: Chaikin
Genre: Ambient, Drone
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Bulkhead – Aft Pressure
Label: 2MR
Genre: Dance
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Chromatics – Blue Girl EP
Label: Italians Do It Better
Genre: Synthwave, Dreampop
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Chromeo – Head Over Heels
Label: Atlantic
Genre: Dance
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DNCE – People To People EP
Label: Republic, UMG
Genre: Dancepop
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The Exaltics – Das Heise Experiment 2
Label: SolarOne
Genre: Acid Techno

Gui Boratto – Pentagram
Label: Kompakt
Genre: Tech House
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Immersion (Colin Newman & Malka Spigel from the Wire) – Sleepless
Label: Swim
Genre: Electronic, Ambient
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Keep Shelly In Athens – Introvert EP
Label: Athenian Aura
Genre: Indietronica, Dream Pop
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Kevin Krauter (Hoops) – Toss Up
Label: Bayonet
Genre: Dreampop
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Leon Vynehall – Nothing Is Still
Label: Ninja Tune
Genre: Ambient, Jangle, Electronic
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Markus Guentner – Empire
Label: A Strangely Isolated Place
Genre: Ambient
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M. Geddes Gengras – Hawaiki Tapes
Label: Umor Rex
Genre: Ambient
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P
earl Crush – Coax Me Out EP
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Synthpop
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Sophie – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
Label: Transgressive, Future Classic
Genre: Bubblegum Bass, Post Industrial
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swim good now – Daylight
Label: Secret Songs
Genre: Electropop
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Various Artists – S&S Presents: Dreams (Compilation)
Label: Cascine
Genre: Ambient, Dream Pop, Indie Folk
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X-Altera (aka Dabrye) – X-Altera
Label: Ghostly
Genre: Drum and Bass
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Hip-Hop:

Allan Kingdom – Peanut Butter Prince EP
Label: First Gen
Genre: Pop Rap
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Jay Rock – Redemption
Label: Top Dawg, Interscop
Genre: Trap Rap, West Coast Hip Hop, Gangsta
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Nas – Nasir
Label: Mass Appeal, Def Jam
Genre: East Coast Hip Hop, Conscious Hip Hop
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Rico Nasty – Nasty
Label: Atlantic
Genre: Trap Rap
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Jazz:

Onyx Collective – Lower East Suite Part Three
Label: Big Dada
Genre: Jazz
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R+R=Now – Collagically Speaking
Label: Blue Note, Capitol
Genre: Nu Jazz
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Tangents – New Bodies
Label: Temporary Residence
Genre: Nu Jazz
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Soundtracks/Reissues/Compilations:

 
The Cure – Mixed Up (Deluxe Edition) (Reissue)
Label: Fiction/Rhino
Genre: Alternative Rock
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The Cure – Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018 (Reissue)
Label: Fiction/Rhino
Genre: Alternative Rock 

Gene Clark (of The Byrds) – The Rose Garden: A Trip Through the Garden: The Rose Garden Collection (Compilation)
Label: Omnivore
Genre: Classic Rock

The Killers – The Killers Career Vinyl Box (Compilation)
Label: Island
Genre: Alternative Rock

The Rolling Stones – The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016
Label: Interscope
Genre: Classic Rock 

Various Artists – Mean Girls: Original Broadway Cast Recording (Physical Only)
Label: Atlantic
Genre: Musical, Soundtrack

Various Artists – Uncle Drew: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: RCA
Genre: Soundtrack, Rap